Trip and Fall
A trip and fall case arises when someone is injured after tripping and falling due to another person's negligence. Tripping hazards include debris on a floor, an uneven floor surface, or a damaged floor. These and other dangerous conditions present hazards that may result in a serious injury such that you need to contact a New York Injury Lawyer. While simply falling down may seem like a minor accident that happens frequently, trip and fall injuries can be quite serious, including a spinal cord injury, head injury, neck injury, broken bones or a traumatic brain injury. Sadly, some trip and fall accidents result in death. Property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are free of dangerous conditions. Failure to do so may result in legal liability to anyone who is injured as a result of the dangerous condition. In the same way that a victim of a car accident has the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim, victims seriously injured in trip and fall accidents also have the right to purse damages against the negligent person. If you were injured as a result of a trip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Bronx Trip and Fall Accident Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you your legal options. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your trip and fall injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice as well.Trip and Fall Liability
A trip and fall accident can arise in many different scenarios. A stair in disrepair, a loose hand railing, or unexpected pot hole could cause a trip and fall accident. Owners of banks, airports, restaurants or private homes all have the duty to ensure the safety of their guests. The level of responsibility each has depends on how the person entering the premises is classified. The three classifications are invitee, licensee or trespasser. An invitee is a person that enters a property because of an invitation by the property owner. A licensee enters a property with permission, but for their own benefit or purpose. A trespasser enters a property without permission.
The classification of the person will determine the level of responsibility the landlord will have. A landlord has the duty to use reasonable care to make a property safe, and warn an invitee of any dangerous conditions, for instance. If the location is a place of business, the landlord also has the obligation to inspect for any dangerous condition. Responsibilities vary with each classification, but with every classification the landlord had an obligation to ensure the safety of anyone who comes onto the property.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to speak to our legal team for guidance. In order to have a valid personal injury claim, the following questions will need to be addressed:
- Did the property owner know about the hazard that caused your accident and did they take action to remedy it;
- Did the property owner have a part in creating the hazardous condition;
- Should the property owner known about the dangerous condition.
A trip and fall accident can result in serious injuries that require extended treatment. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can recover damages that will help relieve the financial burden. Such damages include: medical bills, lost income and loss of future earning capacity and pain and suffering. If a trip and fall accident results in the death of your loved one, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.Bronx Trip and Fall Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trip and fall accident, you should quickly seek representation from a personal injury attorney with both the knowledge and resources to ensure the best possible result for your premises liability case. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from trip and fall accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.